OWC Tips & Deals 6/30/2006
Lets get the fireworks started! Greetings and salutations from all your friends at OWC! Since it is 4th of July weekend, trying to keep this one short and with points of interest. So....
New OWC Mercury On-The-Go 2.5" SATA HD Kit
You got your MacBook or MacBook Pro... Upgraded to a 100GB or 120GB HD via OWC and saved a lot of money doing so + have the stock drive now too. Would rather be able to use it vs. take the trade-in rebate.... And now you can! Our new Oxford924 based OWC Mercury On-the-Go SATA HD Enclosure kit takes any 2.5" SATA Drive and lets you bus power it via USB2, FireWire 400, or FireWire 800. All the cables are included so you need only add that drive and you're good to go. Available right now for $89.99.
New OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 'Quad' Interface solutions
Taking interface flexibility to the next level is our new OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 'Quad Interface' line of solutions. Now available from $219.99 and in capacities of 250GB to 750GB, this latest edition to the Elite-AL line up use the latest SATA drives on the inside and on the outside offer eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2 connectivity. Whatever ports you've got on the Macs(or PCs) you make use of, you can connect this drive up to whichever best option is available. These solutions provide exception data transfer performance for A/V, Backup, Music, you name it + are fully bootable too. Check 'em out!
Super 500GB Sizzling Savings
Got music, videos, imovie projects, you name it and with that ever growing need for HD space to accommodate these things, it's a good thing the cost per Gig has continued to drop. Accelerating that process a bit, and thanks the partnership with our friends at Seagate, we are now able to offer you some fantastic 500GB deals the latest internal as well our external solutions equipped with the same. It's hard to go wrong with Seagate equipped OWC Elite/OWC Neptune/NewerTech miniStack 500GB Solutions from $265 and Seagate 500GB Internals from $225. Talking real high-capacity, high-performance storage for a very low price.
Apple MacBooks & Jobs special events
The new Apple MacBook models, which are the follow up to the iBook, continue to be about the hottest Apple computer shipping today. If you're considering one of these power packed portables, I hope our last newsletter helped with that consideration.
Either way, my main surprise with the new MacBook intro was the lack of an Apple Special Event to unveil it. At the conclusion of Apple's last event on Feb 28th, Jobs did say effectively he'd be back doing another one soon. IMHO, compared to those prior, the Feb 28th event was a real let down. Don't want to over use a hype medium like that, although given the anticipation and reception of the MacBook, certainly think it would have rolled out well there.
Looks like it will be WWDC when we hear next from Mr. Jobs. Already announced to be the first public showing of OS X 10.5 Leopard... and also the expected timing of the new Intel Tower systems release and who knows what else, darn expecting some serious excitement with Jobs front and center. Anyway.....
What could be more fun than setting sail or paddle in a boat made from cardboard? With leadership from Phil, OWC's Warehouse Manager, we made our first entry into America's Cardboard Cup Regatta. Run annually every year in Crystal Lake, Illinois, this event draws competition from around the globe with the proceeds generated going to charitable causes. Although we this was our first year going, our team finished 2nd in their heat + 37th overall and most importantly had a good time doing so. Not bad for just getting our feet wet.... and just wait till next year. :)
Alright - had some OWC stuff this time around... should have a bit more of a mix come next edition. No matter what, all of here hope you have a great, safe 4th of July! Always the best and thank you for being a subscriber! Hope you'll checkout/enjoy our latest Quick Tip, the latestReader Specials, and Roger's Music on the Mac which follow these 'special messages from our 'sponsor':
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Quick Tip: Archive
There's no new Tip this week, but check our Quick Tips archive! Our tips for backing up, dual boot solutions, video conversation, key short cuts, and tons more are all online for your convenient review.
See past Quick Tip topics online in the Quick Tip Archive
Great Buys and Featured Exclusive Specials for OWC E-Mail Subscribers:
Find all the deals reserved just for Readers on your Tips n' Deals Exclusive Specials Page. What follows next is just a sampling of this week's highlights.
Desktop/Tower Hard Drives - 250GB for $85; 500GB $225.00
250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 w/8MB Cache & 5 year Warranty
IDE/ATA Version - $85.00 or SATA I/II Version - $89.00
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 w/16MB Cache & 5 year Warranty
IDE/ATA Version - $115.00 or SATA I/II Version - $118.50
160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 7200RPM 8MB Cache w/5 Year Warranty
IDE/ATA Version - $64.00
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM w/16MB Cache & 5 year Warranty
IDE/ATA Version - $225.00 or SATA I/II Version - $235.00
IDE/ATA Drives are for PowerMac G3 & G4; iMac G4; eMac G4 Models. Some of those models may require either an ATA PCI Card or InTech HD Speedtools with Hi-Cap driver for utilization of over 128GB. Also, SATA PCI Cards are available to allow the use of SATA HDs in any PowerMac model.
Get HD Speedtools w/Hi-Cap for $15 SATA PCI HD Controllers from $39.99 or ATA PCI HD Controllers from $69.99
All PowerMac G5s, iMac G5s, and the new iMac Intel models can use any of the above SATA drives. Apple iMacs all support one internal drive. PowerMac G5 models support up to two SATA drives using the Factory Bays, and you can add up to 3 additional drives inside the PowerMac G5 using Sonnet's G5 Jive + an additional SATA Controller card to support the additional drives.
G5 Jive 3 HD Bracket/Cable Set $89 and SATA PCI Cards for G5s from $39.99
External 500GB from $265, 320GB FireWire 800 $205
Sizzling Summer Deals on 500GB Single Drive Solutions:
500GB OWC Neptune FireWire 400 Solution 1yr Warranty now - $265.00
500GB OWC Mercury Elite FW800/400+USB2 2yr Warranty now - $339.99
500GB NewerTech miniStack V2 FireWire+USB2 2yr warranty now - $299.00
Solutions above are complete with Retrospect, Speedtools, Cables, & More!
OWC 320GB Mercury Elite-AL FW800 7200RPM 8MB Solution - $205.00
OWC Mercury Elite Oxford911+ 3.5" FireWire 400 Enclosure Kit - $49.00
OWC 250GB Mercury Elite-AL FW400+USB2 7200RPM 8MB Solution $169.99
OWC 500GB Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800 Dual Drive FW800 RAID - $299.00
See the additional options & capacities online.
PowerBook / iBook / MacBook Notebook HDs - 100GB $119.00; 120GB $145.00
SATA Internals For MacBook Pro & MacBook models:
120GB WD Scorpio 5400RPM w/8MB Buffer & 3yr Warranty - $145.00
100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1 w/8MB Buffer and 5yr Warranty - $209.99
*All PowerBook and iBook models require the use of a standard IDE/ATA notebook hard drive. Pre-2003 models are limited to 128GB or require Intech's HD Speedtools with Hi-Cap Driver to utilize over 128GB.
ATA Internals For PowerBooks & iBooks:
80GB Toshiba MK8032GAX 5400RPM w/8MB Buffer & 3yr Warranty $95.00
100GB Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 5400RPM 8MB with 3yr Warranty $109.00
120GB Toshiba MK1234GAX Notebook HD w/8MB Buffer & 3yr Warranty $150.00
160GB Seagate Momentus 5400.3 5400RPM w/8MB & 5 Year Warranty $259.00
High-Performance 7200RPM 2.5" Drives 60GB to 100GB now from $115.99
HD Speedtools w/Hi-Cap for $15
Goodies from Griffin like iTrips from $9.99
Our good friends at Griffin have made it possible for OWC to offer some great deals on several popular Griffin products including:
Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for 3G & 4G iPods - $9.99
Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for iPod mini - $12.99
Griffin iTalk Voice & Audio Recorder for 3G, 4G, Photo iPods - $22.99
Check out these Griffin deals and more online.
Mac Memory Upgrade Kits from $84.50 per 1GB
6/21/2006 Memory Report: Despite a lot of price increase talk, so far - for the last several weeks, memory pricing has remained pretty well stable. And as always, we're glad to bring you top quality product - backed with LifeTime Advance Replacement Warranty - at prices typically a third or half that which Apple charges! Memory Makes the Difference, More = Faster Mac. :)
Memory for all Intel Processor equipped Apple MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iMacs, & Mac minis
These systems all feature two PC5300 DDR2 667MHz memory expansion slots. Modules do not need to be matched pairs, but installing the same size module in each slot (1GB + 1GB for examply) provides maximum memory performane according to Apple.
OWC Special: 2GB Upgrade Set for MacBook/MacBook Pro (1GBx2) $219.00
See all memory and hard drive options for MacBook/MacBook Pro
Standard DDR for all other PowerMac G5 and iMac G5 models:
1GB Matched Pair (2x512MB) PC3200 DDR 184 Pin - $95.00
2GB Matched Pair (2x1GB) PC3200 DDR 184 Pin - 169.00
1GB PC3200 DDR Module for iMac G5 Only (PowerMac G5 requires Pairs!) $95.00
For new 'Oct/20005' PowerMac G5 Dual & Quad 'Dual-Core' Models:
Eight Slots, Matched Pairs Required, DDR2 533MHZ PC4200 up to 16GB Max
1GB DDR2 Pair (512MBx2) - $ 85.00
2GB DDR2 Pair (1GB x 2) - $169.00
4GB DDR2 Pair (2GB x 2) - $399.00
Memory for iMac G5 1.9GHz, 2.1GHz with built in iSight Camera:
512MB Built in + One Slot PC4200 DDR 533MHz 240 Pin allows up to 2.5GB:
1GB DDR2 Upgrade Module - $ 85.00
2GB DDR2 Upgrade Module - $199.99
For Mac Mini, eMac G4/1.25-1.4GHz, and eMac 1.0GHz 'Education Model':
512MB PC3200/2700/2100 184 Pin DDR DIM Module now $46.00
1GB(1 x 1024MB) PC2700 DDR 184 Pin Module - $95.00
For all PowerBook 12" Models; all 'Pre Oct 19th, 2005' PowerBook G4 15" & 17" Models; All iBook G4 Models; And all iMac G4 models:
512MB PC2700/2100 DDR SO-DIMM 200 Pin Module - $47.50
1GB Samsung Factory Original - Same one Apple Installs $137.50
1GB OWC PC2700 DDR SO-DIMM for 'Pre 10/19/2005' 15" & 17"; all 12" PB AL Models that are 1.5GHz or Faster, iBook G4 Models 1.2GHz & Faster *only* $110.00
For PowerMac G4 Sawtooth/AGP Graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, QuickSilver; eMac G4; iMac G3 350-700MHz Models:
256MB PC133 CL3/PC100 CL2 168 Pin SDRam DIMM Module - $24.99
512MB PC133 CL3/PC100 CL2 168 Pin SDRam DIMM Module - $67.50
Visit our Mac Memory Section to browse the full selection of memory we offer and/or use our online memory guide to get the right memory for your Mac(s).
Apple Airport Cards Back in Stock
Apple Airport Cards for PowerBook G4 Titanium, iBook G3s, PowerMac G4 Desktops, etc. with original Airport support. Until a couple weeks ago, it had been about seven months since we last had these. If you've been waiting or need one, here ya have it for - ** $125.00 **
Other Wireless options for PowerBooks, PowerMacs & wireless routers, extenders, etc - also available from OWC.
Get Apple OS X 10.4.x Tiger for $89, with iLife 2005 $129.00
This special is a bundle of the Apple 10.4.x Tiger Update Set and Apple 10.3.x Panther DVD Installer OEM Set. If you already have 10.3.x Panther - you need only use the Tiger portion of this bundle to upgrade to Apple's latest and best OS X yet. Panther + Tiger Bundle - $89.00
Apple OS X 10.4/10.3/iLife 2005 Bundle Set - $129.00
Apple OS X 10.4.6 Retail Box Version $119; 5-User Family Pack $199 and more options including:
Apple OS X 10.3.9 Panther Server for $149.00
Panther 10.3.x Single User on DVD for $47.99
Apple OS X 10.2.x for $17.99.
Fast 16X DVD/40X SuperDrive Burners w/Dual-Layer from $44.99
Upgrade your PowerMac G3-G4-G5; eMac G4; iMac G4 to the latest Pioneer SuperDrive with up to 16X DVD Burn Speeds, 8X Dual Layer burn for 8.5GB per DL Disc; and up to 40X CDR/CDRW Burn Speeds. Pioneer 'SuperDrive' from $44.99 or from $49.95 in one of six Value Bundles including Media & additional Software. Use Apple's iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes, DVD Studio Pro; Roxio Toast, Etc.
For PowerBook G4 15" Ti, 12/15/17" Aluminum Models:
MercuryPB 8X DVD w/Dual Layer SuperDrive Kit now from $119.99
Includes Dantz Retrospect, NTI Dragonburn, 10 Pieces DVD Media
For all iMac G5 17" and 20" Models:
MercuryG5i 8X DVD w/Dual Layer SuperDrive Kit now from $119.99
Includes Dantz Retrospect, NTI Dragonburn, 10 Pieces DVD Media
Or - Go External and burn CDs and DVDs with virtually any Mac (or PC) from $89.99!
USB2, Firewire/USB2 Models include all Cables & Media + compatible with iTunes, iPhoto, and iDVD5, Roxio Toast, etc!
Mercury G4 Extreme for all PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, and Quicksilver models. 30 Day Money Back + 3 Year OWC Warranty
Extreme @ 1.2GHz, $209.00
Extreme @ 1.5GHz, $275.00
Watch TV on your Mac, Import/Export, Multimedia
Miglia AlchemyTV DVR PCI - Tune, Watch, Schedule/Record Television with this PCI Card for PowerMac G4 and PowerMac G5s! Special Reader price of $119.00
AL Tech MediaGate MG-35 is a stand alone Multimedia Player that lets you stream video, music, movies, photos and more - from your Mac and to your TV via home network. Utilizing a hard drive installed in the unit, you can directly store such multimedia content on the MG-35 for completely standalone use. The missing home entertainment multimedia link - from $129.00!
Video Card Deals
Get equipped with the latest ATI Video Cards for additional displays as well as Quartz Extreme and Tiger Core Acceleration from $65 here - really!
PowerBook & iBook Batteries that run longer, last longer!
NewerTech iBook and PowerBook batteries are the longest lasting, longest running standard type batteries you can buy! Built in the USA using only the very best cells from Japan and Canada, these batteries are built to last.
NewerTech NuPower batteries, with up to 56% more capacity vs. Apple's original stock, are available for iBook G3 & G4, PowerBook G3s WallStreet/Lombard/FireWire models, and all PowerBook G4 Models.
Deals on iPod Goodies
1800mAh NuPower Battery for 1st/2nd Gen iPods normal $14.99, now $9.99
46% more run time capacity vs. Apple stock battery. Jam again, Jam longer!
See NewerTech Batteries for iPod 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Photo & Mini + Online Videos.
NewerTech Universal FireWire/USB Dock Adapter - $9.99
For all iPods with Dock Connector - Connect iPod to system with USB/USB2 or FireWire Cable. NewerTech DockSpot iPod White LED Light - $2.99
Nifty compact light that powers off any iPod with Dock Connector
NewerTech Clean & Polish Kit for Apple iPods, iBooks, etc - $15.00
Not just some crummy cleaner or diluted polish in a bottle - this is a professional grade kit with two polish types and special cleaner that really restores.
Add BlueTooth for $19.99; Wireless mice from $12.99
Add BlueTooth to any Mac with USB 2.0 Built in or that has a USB 2.0 Add on Card! Synch/Connect with BlueTooth Phones, BT Headsets, and other great Bluetooth enabled accessories for $19.99
Get onto those 802.11b/802.11g Wireless Networks and HotSpots for $69.00 Sonnet Aria Extreme NoteBook PCMCIA card plugs and play high-speed wireless.
Logitech RF Wireless 2 Button USB Mouse w/Scroll Wheel, only $12.99!
I have been using the mouse happily since August. And have heard great feedback on the Mouse and Keyboard wireless combo to. Logitech Wireless Freedom for an unbeatable price.
Logitech Freedom RF Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Combo is just $23.95
You'll find more great deals, updated regularly on your Tips 'n Deals Reader Specials Page, check it out!
Music on the Mac 6/29 - Archive
Greetings from www.macsales.com/music
We may not have a new article this week, but have you seen all those past? By in large, articles written even as far back as a year have information relevant and reviews of products still current today.
I encourage you to check it out and see all what we covered, at your liesure, posted in the 'Music on the Mac' online archive.
Get our entertaining new Widget called Daily Guitar Jam. Visit studioA recording studio and Other World Computing's new audio showroom by appointment - email: email@example.com
For all your audio/music needs, macsales.com/music online.
Subscribe to the "Rock Your Computer" PodCast.
Browse and read other 'Music on the Mac' articles by Roger posted online.
See how Roger created The Garage Album CD at The Garage Album website.
Interact with Roger and other Apple Music/Audio users in our online music and audio forums.
About our Music Guru:
Roger Adler is a four-time Emmy nominated composer, producer, and performer. He is an endorser and clinician for the iGuitar by Brian Moore Guitars and his work is recognizable in over 1000 television commercials. Adler performed at the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. as recently as 2005 and his recordings include appearances on the Groundhog Day feature film soundtrack and The Garage Album. He is widely recognized for his role as Music director for the A&E television series "The Best of Comic Relief" starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg and for 16 years as Music Director for the popular series "Wild Chicago." Adler is the owner of two recording studios serving the professional entertainment industry, i^3 audio at North Pier in Chicago and studioA at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, IL. In addition to facilitating the Daily Guitar Jam Widget, Adler produces the popular Podcast Show "Rock Your Computer" which broadcasts to an international audience via Apple's iTunes Music Store.
I said this would be a quick one, and I meant it. Even the closing going to keep on the short. Whether long winded or quick to conclude, I'm darn glad to have the freedom to express. It goes without saying your freedom in choosing to read what I've put to page or toss too. In any event, it is a privilege and one I hope not taken for granted or abused.
Anyway, here's looking forward to celebrating our red, white, and blue Independance Day on July 4th. Have a great weekend and an awesome 4th!
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